Let’s Make A Deal!

Free event April 25th.

Exploring Section 37 of Planning Act

Working With Developers For Community Benefits

Here’s a familiar story: A developer wants to replace a building on your street with something big — so big that it will require changes to the City’s official plans for the land.

The neighbours are nervous about it: Do we have some say in what happens? Could we get new sidewalks around the new building? What about a daycare — could we ask for that? Could local people work on the construction team? Are the low-income people who live in the current building going to be able to afford units in the new building?

In these situations, Section 37 of the Planning Act allows your local government to set rules around negotiating with developers for local community benefits like: providing affordable housing, replacing rental units, protecting heritage buildings, adding cultural centres, streetscape improvements, adding public art, and more!

In this event, we’ll discuss with you (the general public — no planning degree necessary!) the answers to the following questions:

  • How is this negotiation supposed to work? How does it actually work? What kinds of community benefits can we get?
  • How much is Section 37 being used in Toronto these days?
  • How can I get involved when this happens on my street? In my neighbourhood?

Join the Centre for City Ecology as we discuss Section 37 with two panel members:

John Gladki, Urban Planner

John Gladki MCIP RPP has over thirty-five years experience in working with government agencies and private sector organizations on land use and policy planning, urban regeneration, local economic development, affordable housing, planning approvals, strategic planning and management. John worked as a senior director at the City of Toronto’s Planning and Development Department where he was responsible for developing the City’s comprehensive Zoning Bylaw and Official Plan.

John recently managed the preparation and implementation of the Regent Park Revitalization Plan and zoning bylaw, for Canada’s largest public housing project located in downtown Toronto which received the Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence. He has been extensively involved in public participation processes and is a trained and experienced practitioner of group facilitation.

Patrick Devine, Lawyer

As the head of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP’s Municipal and Property Development Group, Patrick assists landowners and developers in achieving approvals for significant development and redevelopment projects. Working with some of the country’s largest developers, property owners and institutions, he is very experienced both at the local level and on appeals to the province’s planning court, the Ontario Municipal Board.

Patrick is named as one of the most frequently recommended property development lawyers and is recognized in The LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada.


  • 6:30 – Introductions
  • 6:40 – John Gladki and Patrick Devine give us an overview of Section 37
  • 7:20 – Questions from the audience

About this series

This session is part of broader initiative called Resilient Neighbourhood Economies, examining how we strengthen the local economies and increase options for economic well-being in two Toronto neighbourhoods. Partners in this work include the Metcalf FoundationThorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, the East Scarborough Storefront, and the Centre for City Ecology.

Free stuff is awesome!

This event, like all of our events, is FREE. Please consider helping us continue to offer free events by making a charitable donation to the Centre for City Ecology.


If you have any questions or if you need to cancel your tickets, please email Heather Ann Kaldeway at heatherann@cityecology.net.

April 25, 2012 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Urbanspace Gallery
401 Richmond Street West
For complete details click along to the Centre for City Ecology site.

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